5698-SA3 IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5

IBM United States Sales Manual
Revised:  February 06, 2018.

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Product life cycle dates
Program NumberVRM Announced Available Marketing Withdrawn Service Discontinued
5698-SA303.05.002014/07/152014/09/05 2017/09/112019/09/30
5698-SA303.04.002012/04/242012/04/27 2015/03/092017/09/30
5698-SA303.03.002010/04/272010/04/30 2012/09/102015/04/30
5698-SA303.02.002007/12/112007/12/14 2012/03/122013/04/30
5698-SA303.01.002005/09/272005/09/30 2007/12/142010/09/30

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Program number
  • IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5.0 (5698-SA3)

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IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5 offers a single point of control for a broad range of systems management functions. With IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS, you get the visibility, control, and automation of a large range of system elements spanning both the hardware and software resources of enterprises in a sysplex. This mature, solid approach to automating system and application start up, shut down, recovery, response to problems, and disaster recovery is a key component in helping improve availability and costs on IBM z/OS.

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5 provides enhancements in system automation focused on minimizing users' efforts to reduce the costs of IT operation, to lower risks, and to improve system and application availability.

Enhancements include:

  • A configuration assistant that allows you to configure the product in a single-system and multiple-system environment.
  • Simplified and improved security of the automation environment by consequently using roles with associated command and resource authorization levels.
  • Standard scenario for looping address space suppression, leveraging the strengths of IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS and IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for z/OS.
  • Secure access to hardware interface and improved performance for hardware automation and the ability to automate IBM System z Advanced Workload Analysis Reporter (zAware).
  • Application pacing to allow for tighter control of high CPU intensive consumers at start and stop times.
  • Concurrent edit, browse, and full multiple user access of the customization dialog.
  • Enhanced message management capabilities with more granular control on how message processing members (automation table, message revision table, message processing facility parmlib member) that are generated.

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5 is a policy-based automation tool that manages systems and applications on z/OS. It provides:

  • Cluster-wide automation policies that help to reduce complexity, implementation time, coding, and support efforts.
  • Comprehensive Parallel Sysplex management and automation functions including single system image, single point of control, and unique Parallel Sysplex application automation.
  • Comprehensive IBM zEnterprise automation from a single point of control.
  • Policy-based automation that can start, stop, monitor, and recover traditional z/OS as well as UNIX applications and resources.
  • Integration with IBM Tivoli software enterprise solutions including IBM Tivoli Monitoring, IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler, and network management.
  • Alarm capabilities by means of integrating with IBM Tivoli System Automation for Integrated Operations Management.
  • Easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI).
  • Comprehensive automation for IBM IMS, IBM CICS, Tivoli Workload Scheduler, IBM DB2, SAP, IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/OS, IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS, IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for IMS on z/OS, IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert on z/OS, Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (GDPS), and IBM WebSphere Application Server.

IBM System Automation for z/OS consists of the following components:

  • System Operations (SysOps) to manage system and application resources on z/OS
  • Processor Operations (ProcOps) to manage hardware changes through Hardware Management Console (HMC) and Service Element
  • I/O Operations (I/O Ops) to manage I/O switch configuration and changes

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IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5 makes use of advanced technology to monitor and manage critical z/OS resources in the most efficient and effective way.

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5:

  • Speeds up the system setup with an easy-to-use and intuitive configuration assistant.
  • Expedites the system startup and shutdown through controlled application pacing.
  • Proactively improves the system availability and performance through policy-based management of looping address spaces.
  • Improves the security of the automation environment through an intuitive role-based approach.
  • Allows for improved policy-based system customization through multiple user support
  • Supports enterprise-wide status display through a wide range of customization capabilities.
  • Reduces administrative and operational tasks.

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Configuration assistant

The configuration assistant allows you to quickly configure IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5 in a single-system and multiple-system environment by using lab-proven recommended configuration settings for IBM Tivoli NetView for z/OS and IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS. Using a single options file, the configuration assistant generates all artifacts required to run the product, from data set allocation, to generating SYS1.PARMLIB and SYS1.PROCLIB members, populating the IBM Tivoli NetView for z/OS DSIPARM, up to security definitions for the z/OS Security Server to help protect your automation environment. This eliminates various manual customization and configuration tasks, which were required with predecessor releases. Furthermore, a verification utility can validate that all prerequisites are fulfilled after the configuration is completed.

Role-based security

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS simplifies and improves the already existing security of the automation environment by consequently using roles with associated command and resource authorization levels. Users must be authorized to issue a command and to update a resource before that resource's status can be changed by that command. With IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5, you get third-party security checking for those users who access the product from Time Sharing Option (TSO) or from a batch job.

To simplify the definition effort, in combination with the configuration assistant, most of the z/OS Security Server profiles and resource definition commands can be generated automatically and saved in a data set member.

Integration with IBM Tivoli Monitoring products

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS improves the integration with IBM Tivoli Monitoring in multiple ways:

  • The integration between IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS and IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON is further intensified by providing a standard scenario for suppressing looping address spaces. Leveraging IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for z/OS, looping address spaces are identified and policy is used to decide what courses of action (for example, STOP, RESET, DIAG, and WARN) should be taken and under what circumstances. This support helps to increase the availability of your system, increases the productive usage of CPU capacity and, therefore, improves the overall service level.
  • Captured messages can now be immediately reported as situations on IBM Tivoli Enterprise Portal (TEP) for selected automation resources using IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS Monitoring Agent.
  • The IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS Monitoring Agent now supports the IBM Tivoli Monitoring self-describing agent feature that allows you to automatically install all support files on the monitoring server, the portal server, and the portal itself, and, therefore, contributes to lower cost of ownership and less downtime of your monitoring components.
  • Several attribute groups collected by the IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS Monitoring Agent are enhanced to correspond with the latest level of System Automation 3270-based commands. This includes information about run modes and pacing gates.

Hardware automation

  • IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS supports the latest mainframe hardware generation, the IBM zEnterprise EC12 and IBM zEnterprise BC12. Furthermore, it allows the administrator to designate a target system as a IBM System z Advanced Workload Analysis Reporter (zAware) logical partition in the automation policy and allows the operator to activate and deactivate that logical partition like any other logical partition on the processor.
  • IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS allows you to use SNMPv3 as the protocol between the Processor Operations focal point and the Hardware Management Console or the Support Element. With SNMPv3, the data from and to the hardware is sent in encrypted format.
  • The LPAR scope feature allows you to improve the performance of initializing a particular processor. Rather than retrieving specific information for all logical partitions of a processor, only those logical partitions are processed which are defined as target systems for the processor in the automation policy. This can considerably reduce the overall initialization time.
  • IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS can recognize priority messages, for example, synchronous Write to Operator with Reply (WTORs) messages issued from the operating system, and can also reply to the messages with the priority indication set.
  • IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension support is enhanced to allow switching the role of the primary Ensemble Hardware Management Console to the alternate Ensemble Hardware Management Console.

Application pacing

Certain high CPU intensive workloads can dominate the system during start or stop times. IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS introduces pacing gates that allow you to throttle the number of workloads that can be concurrently started or stopped.

Customization Dialog enhancements

  • The Customization Dialog is enhanced to allow access to the policy in browse mode, either in the scope of the complete policy, in the scope of a particular entry type, or for one particular entry only. Changes on the dialog panels done in browse mode are not saved. Multiple users can browse and edit concurrently. Users can work in Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF) split screen mode and the policy can be browsed while a configuration built process runs in parallel.
  • The command processing for IBM Tivoli NetView for z/OS restart, configuration refresh, or timer processing is simplified with the start up phases REFRESHSTART and ANYSTART. This avoids the duplicate definitions of commands that must be issued whenever IBM Tivoli NetView for z/OS is recycled and after the application became available.
  • Any command can be entered in mixed case and the length of the command entry field in the Customization Dialog is increased to allow administrators to enter longer commands directly into the policy and, therefore, avoids writing scripts.
  • Enhanced message management capabilities provide automation table syntax checking and allow you to control what is being generated for the z/OS Message Processing Facility (MPF), the Tivoli NetView for z/OS automation table, and the Tivoli NetView for z/OS message revision table.
  • All changes to automation policy are now logged by the Customization Dialog to provide a complete audit trail and change reference.
  • More and enhanced best practices policies provide a less complex z/OS base configuration, include support for the Tivoli OMEGAMON Manager address space, DB2's administrative task scheduler, IMS Connect, SAP server, and JES2 network server.
  • The Customization Dialog supports flat file export and import for processors, in particular of the Processor Info policy and also to export policies in batch.
  • The Customization Dialog supports flat file export and import for processors, in particular of the Processor Info policy and also to export policies in batch.

Job log monitoring for JES3

Messages that are written to the JES job log or into another data set in the JES SPOOL are now also available for automation, regardless of what Job Entry Subsystem, for example, JES2 or JES3, is being used.

Enterprise Status Display Facility (SDF) status monitoring support

SDF now supports identical component names at the lowest tree level as long as this level does not immediately follow the root level to enable enterprise-wide comparisons, for example, status per system or status per sysplex, on the SDF panel. In addition, the display capabilities of SDF are enhanced so that the title line of a panel body can be placed anywhere in the panel.

Enhanced XCF communication

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS now enables XCF communication within the physical sysplex, beyond the scope of the SAplex. Commands and their responses, targeted to a system outside of the current SAplex but within the physical sysplex, can now be sent using XCF and do not require Tivoli NetView for z/OS remote command (RMTCMD).

IPL complete notification support

To let installations monitor the progress of an IPL, IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS allows the administrator to set a time limit and to mark those resources representative for a complete IPL. When the system is started initially, the observed status of these resources is monitored and IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS reports the status of the IPL when all resources became available before the time limit. It would also report the status at the time limit, when some resources are still not available. And optionally, it can report the final status, even after the time limit has expired, based on an automation option.

Relational Database Services (RDS) enhancements

RDS improvements deliver better performance for insert, update, and archiving of tables. Also, additional functions enable mass inserts or mass updates and similar capabilities for import and export. RDS can now also be used with volatile RDS tables, if no persistent data repository is available.

GDPS Active-Active support for multiple consistency groups

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS provides a subtower GDPSSAT for the GDPS Satellite component that is targeted for GDPS Active-Active environments in support of graceful switch and multiple consistency group support.

Tailor 3270 panels

All tabular panels with horizontal scrolling capabilities, for example, INGLIST, can now be tailored by the operators. It is possible to denote fixed and floating columns, to hide columns, to determine the order of the columns, and to specify the sort order for one or multiple columns. This helps to increase usability of the panels. This, together with colored status fields in the INGAMS and DISPMTR panels, helps to increase the usability of the panels.

Agent UP status delay

Some applications report themselves as being fully available even though some startup activities are still going on in the background. In order to avoid that subsequent automation activities are triggered prematurely due to relationships, IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS introduces a new field for applications that can be used to delay the true UP status by a user-defined time.

Configuration refresh monitoring

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS can now monitor the progress of a configuration refresh using INGAMS. It leverages the SDF capability that allows you to compare the same status descriptor for several systems. In the product provided sample panel, SDF visualizes when a configuration refresh is in progress, when an error happened, or when the refresh process has successfully finished.

The AOFEXC25 exit command

This exit allows installations to be informed about new, changed, or deleted APL, APG, and MTR resources detected during a configuration refresh using INGAMS. Administrators can use the exit to have a better understanding of the changes and may prevent the immediate activation of the changes. This is especially helpful when the automation policy can be updated any time but configuration changes are not done very often.

Serviceability enhancements when using NVINFO command

IBM Tivoli NetView for z/OS now includes the command NVINFO that adds important serviceability information into the netlog and, optionally, produces a dump of the Tivoli NetView address space. IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS provides a plug-in invoked by NVINFO, when System Automation for z/OS is configured, to include important serviceability information from a system automation point of view.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at


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Operating environment

Hardware requirements

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5 runs in a virtual storage environment on any IBM or non-IBM system configuration with sufficient storage to support the IBM z/OS operating system. The Processor Operations component supports IBM System z9, IBM System z10, and IBM zEnterprise system.

Software requirements

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS is executed as an application on the IBM z/OS operating system.

Programming requirements for all functions:

  • IBM z/OS V1.12, or later
  • IBM Tivoli NetView for z/OS (5697-NV6) V6.1, or later
  • Other optional functional programming requirements

For additional information, see the Program Directory (or Planning and Installation manual).

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a README file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.
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Planning information

Customer responsibilities

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
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One copy of each of the following publications is supplied in soft copy with the basic machine-readable material on DVD (SK3T-4271) for IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5 (5698-SA3):

Title                                         number
--------------------------------------------  --------
Product Automation Programmer's Ref and
Operator's Guide                              SC34-2714
Customizing & Programming                     SC34-2715
Planning and Installation                     SC34-2716
Defining Automation Policy                    SC34-2717
User's Guide                                  SC34-2718
Messages and Codes                            SC34-2719
Operator's Commands                           SC34-2720
Programmer's Reference                        SC34-2721
TWS Automation Programmer's Reference         SC34-2722
End-to-End Automation Adapter                 SC34-2723
Monitoring Agent Configuration and User's     SC34-2724

A program directory, in hard copy form is supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material. Form Title number -------------------------------------------- -------- Program Directory GI11-2719

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Security, auditability, and control

IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5 uses the security and auditability features of the operating system software.


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